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Eponymous Greatest Hits [Best of]

R E M Audio CD
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1. Radio Free Europe (original Hib-Tone single)
2. Gardening at Night (different vocal mix)
3. Talk About the Passion
4. So. Central Rain
5. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
6. Can't Get There From Here
7. Driver 8
8. Romance
9. Fall On Me
10. The One I Love
11. Finest Worksong (mutual drum horn mix)
12. It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

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Much as the outtake and B-side collection Dead Letter Office anthologizes the many oddities of R.E.M., 1988's Eponymous is a document testifying to the astounding strength of their formative I.R.S. years. Eponymous reinforces the notion that the inchoate R.E.M. was a rare and brilliant gem of a group. While a somewhat brief CD, it provides quality listening from start to finish with hits such as "The One I Love," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," and "Driver 8" tucked amid the likes of an alternate take of "Finest Worksong" and the wonderfully mysterious "Gardening at Night." Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of the original seven-inch version of "Radio Free Europe," the band's 1981 release. --Lorry Fleming

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R.E.M. ~ Eponymous

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REM's classic hits on one CD Feb. 25 2004
By Ziggy
Format:Audio CD
This is a great Rock CD and I recomend it to every one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock music at its finest March 7 2003
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There's a youthful, upbeat tone to the songs on "Eponymous" - at once radio friendly energy, mixed with a sacred "underground" vibe. Michael Stipe's serious image comes through somewhat on this album, but his words are pretty straightforward, earthy compared to later efforts.
R.E.M. have always been about sheer melody within their songs, and this album has plenty of that, top to bottom. "Gardening at Night" is at once very pop, a little punk, and a little new-wave; but like all the tunes on "Eponymous," it has a great sing-along chorus that's classic R.E.M, irresistable. With jangly guitars but tight song structures, as well as thoughtful lyrics sung passionately (not self-importantly), these twelve songs are a splendid representation of early R.E.M. in the '80s. The depth of such songs as "So. Central Rain," "Can't Get There from Here," and "Fall on Me" is simply astounding for such a young band. Musically very talented, focused and mature for their ages and occupations, it's easy to see how these guys eventually conquered the world with their music.
R.E.M. obviously didn't partake in all the sheeny, bombastic music that infiltrated the 1980s, but they still wrote highly anthemic tunes, and they prided themselves on their unique brand of thinking-man's pop for those willing to seek out better music during that time period. "Eponymous" is an outstanding collection of singles by a classic rock band, a band who has evolved into many different animals over the years. This is the band in a loose, non-self-conscious, charming light - a great rock band as they hurtled into the mainstream of America's radios and beyond.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even if you have all their stuff... April 21 2004
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...you would not be throwing money away by purchasing Eponymous, which is essentially a best-of collection spanning R.E.M.'s contract under the I.R.S. label.
1) The original recording of Radio Free Europe was awarded the best single released in 1981 by the Village Voice. The version found on Murmur is far superior, but this is a very important recording in the band's history since it was their first official release. Previously available only on vinyl bootlegs, it is now safe and preserved.
2) The original vocal recording of Gardening at Night follows. This version outshines the one on Chronic Town by a long shot, mainly because when Stipe re-recorded the vocals, it sounded like he had a mouthful of gum. Here he sounds articulate and clear.
3) Romance is one of R.E.M.'s oldest songs, ever. Only committed to a soundtrack to romantic comedy (featured only briefly), here it is in its entirety. And it's not half-bad either.
4) The Finest Worksong gets some horns added to it. If you think that brass and rock n roll mix, then knock yourself out. I myself remain unmoved by it.
The rest of the tracks have all been released before. But combined back-to-back, they show how R.E.M. was one of the most consistent American rock bands of the eighties.
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Eponymous is a greatest hits compilation covering R.E.M.'s early hits. It includes some of my favorite R.E.M. songs, such as "Radio Free Europe", "(Don't go Back to) Rockville", "Can't Get There From Here", "The One I Love", and "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine)".
I have seen a few references to how the album is brief. I'd agree, but keep in mind when it was compiled and what the average length of albums were in those days. Of course, with R.E.M. generally more is better and I can understand those who would love the album to run longer.
Also, if you'll allow me a brief digression, under "The Best of R.E.M.: In Time" reviews I saw complaints about how songs such as "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine)" are not on it -- "Best in Time" spans from 1988 on; "Eponymous" spans from the band's debut to, you guessed it, 1987. To complete your collection, you need to own both.
Back to "Eponymous"...albeit short, it's an excellent collection from one of the greatest bands ever (in my humble opinion). I highly recommend getting it to complement "The Best of R.E.M.: In Time".
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2.0 out of 5 stars a stingy compilation - stay away from this Nov. 20 2003
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The first thing I would like to point out is that this CD is 42 minutes long. Forty-two! In the age of 80 minute running times, on the greatest hits album for probably the greatest American band of the past thirty odd years, on a disc covering their most fertile period - you get TWELVE SONGS! Other reviews have complained that a few more tracks would have fit on here: for god's sake, ten more tracks would have fit on here, and every single one would have been a classic! The only original contribution that this album makes is the forgettable new track Romance.
Eponymous covers the period where pretty much every album REM put out is brilliant. If you insist on buying just one golden age REM CD, get Murmur. Or Reckoning, or Document, depending on what songs you desperately want to have. The depressing thing is that, with all the time left on this CD, you could probably have fit the rest of any of those albums on here. I bought this a while ago and finally sold it to a Used CD store after not listening to it for years. The albums I'll own forever. Each of them has its own flavor (Murmur especially): the songs gain from being around each other.
(Let me just give a short list of the brilliant songs that could have all fit on here: Perfect Circle, Catapult, Shaking Through, We Walk, 7 Chinese Brothers, Camera, and Oddfellows Local 151. And those are just my personal favorites.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Their finest worksongs.
This is an early hits collection, from what some say is their best era. It starts off with "Radio Free Europe" from the excellent debut "Murmur", and also... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars I like REM
I like REM. Their music is really good. I especially like their songs.
Published on May 22 2003 by Lampwick of Beeswax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great early R.E.M.
A collection of fine songs gleaned from R.E.M.'s first albums for the IRS label. This is high quality work all the way, intelligent, melodic, and passionate. Read more
Published on March 29 2003 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Listing
This is a great CD but Amazon's Listing of the songs is missing one. This also includes their first hit "Radio Free Europe". This is a great for older stuff.
Published on Dec 9 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A Quicky Package
Rushed out to capitalize upon R.E.M.'s growing popularity in 1988 comes this "anthology" of sorts from the I.R.S. years.
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Published on Oct. 4 2002 by Andy Groomhan
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection. A great gift.
After the band signed with Warner Brother's, their sound significantly changed, especially after Green. Eponymous is a great place to get into the earlier R.E.M. Read more
Published on April 28 2002 by Pen Name?
3.0 out of 5 stars OK greatest hits package
Eponymous tries do a good job of providing a greatest hits album of REM's work before signing to warner brothers but leaves a great many songs out like Radio Free Europe. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by Neel Aroon
5.0 out of 5 stars What? No "Losing My Religion"?
Eponymous is a near-perfect collection of R.E.M.'s early signature songs (this is the pre-"Stand" days we're talking about here... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Michial Farmer
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